Neutral Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg has released our new contract! The APWU fought every step of the way to achieve a good contract for its members.
The APWU website announcement is HERE.
The key points are:
General wage increases for career and PSEs and full cost of living raises for career (retroactive for 2018 and 2019)
No lay-off protection maintained
50-mile limit on excessing
Narrowing the gap in the two-tiered career wage structure
A one-time conversion to career for more than 4,000 PSEs
We went into bargaining united in support of our contract demands – fair wage increases, protecting our cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and strong job security.
Management’s proposals included a new round of severe concessions – the elimination of COLAs, creation of a new lower “third tier” of career employee with reduced benefits, higher percentages of non-career employees and less job security. The APWU has successfully defended against management’s regressive proposals.
One-time PSE conversions:
All PSEs in 125 work year and larger offices with 30 months or more of service in the installation as of the date of the award will be converted to career. Over 4,000 PSEs will be converted under this provision within 60 days of the Award.
In 2016, the Medford Bid Cluster (MOU, MPC, MCA, CP, and WC) was a 125 MY Office with 176 Man Years. It is doubtful that we fell below the 125 Man Years in the past 4 years, so all of the PSE Clerks with 30 months or more of service in the Medford Installation should be converted within 60 days, as long as our Man Year status has not fallen below 125 man years.
CAREER EMPLOYEE GENERAL WAGE INCREASES
Three annual general wage increases totaling 3.4% over the life of the Agreement.
1.3% effective November 24, 2018 (Retroactive)
1.1% effective November 23, 2019 (Retroactive)
1% effective November 21, 2020
COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENTS (COLA)
Semiannual COLAs for career employees will continue under the current formula. Management pushed, but failed, to convert COLAs into one-time lump-sum payments.
$624 or $.30/hour COLA will be applied retroactive to August 31, 2019
$166 or $.08/hour COLA will be applied retroactive to February 29, 2020
Future COLAs will be applied in September 2020, March 2021 and September 2021
INCREASED COMPENSATION – GENERAL WAGE PLUS COLA INCREASES
Adding the 3.4% in General Wage Increases plus the known COLAs, compensation for a level 6 Step O employee will increase $2,855 over the life of the Agreement. With three additional COLA increases, the total increases over the life of the Agreement will likely come to $3,600 annually, an increase of about $1.75 per hour. In addition, those not yet at the top step of the lower career wage scale will gain new step increases with each Step representing an approximate $.50/hour raise.